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Despite A ‘Downturn,’ West Texas Oil Production Expected To Hit A Record High

Cost-cutting and advances in drilling technology are helping companies withstand persistently low oil prices.

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Despite A ‘Downturn,’ West Texas Oil Production Headed For A Record High

It was almost three years ago when the oil industry took a nosedive. The headlines told stories of lost jobs and struggling towns,but now, despite the continued downturn, things seem better. At least in the Permian Basin of west Texas.

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Parting Words from our Morning Edition Host

Morning Edition Host and Reporter Travis Bubenik is leaving West Texas in January for a reporting position at Houston Public Media, where he’ll cover energy and environment issues in Texas. We asked him to share a few thoughts on his … Continue reading

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Activists Look To Repeat Standing Rock Success In West Texas

Activists in west Texas are taking to heart the successes of the Standing Rock Sioux to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. They’re hoping to repeat that for a pipeline project there.

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Protesters Say They Expect More Direct Efforts To Block Pipeline Construction

Native American groups and some Big Bend-area residents gathered to protest the Trans-Pecos Pipeline near Marfa on Sunday.  Drums mixed with the sounds of heavy machinery as opponents gathered at a construction site for the natural gas project off Highway … Continue reading

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Why Is Voter Turnout So Low In Texas?

In recent years, voter turnout in Texas has been…well, let’s just say not everything is bigger here. State voter turnout has been below the national average for the past few decades, regularly falling below 50%. All this week, public radio … Continue reading

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West Texas Activists Join Dakota Access Protesters for “Solidarity March” Against Pipelines

West Texas activists are continuing their face-off against Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Now, they’re joining a broader Native American-led movement protesting the same company. At least 100 people from the Big Bend region and … Continue reading

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Train Hits, Kills One Person in Marfa

This story will be updated as details become available. One person is dead after being hit by an eastbound train in Marfa, according to Marfa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Mitschke and the Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Spokesperson Jeff DeGraff … Continue reading

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West Texas Railroad Aiming for New Cross-Border Traffic by 2017

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline has been a thorny subject in the Big Bend region since it was announced more than a year ago, with many opposed to the presence of industry in the region and others supportive in the hopes that … Continue reading

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Last Thoughts on the WCAI-KRTS “Radio Hometown” Host Exchange

For the last few weeks, Marfa Public Radio and WCAI in Woods Hole, Massachusetts held a first-of-its-kind host exchange experiment called Radio Hometown: Two Stations, Two Hosts, One Community of Listeners. With the exchange wrapped up, our guest host Steve Junker talked with KRTS host TravisContinue reading

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